I’ve been through many things: from addictions and fatherlessness, to devil worship and emotional trauma; therefore, I feel that I am well equipped to reach a wide variety of people. I am not alone in this; everyone, even you, has been fully equipped – by God – to accomplish His plan. God never lets us suffer for nothing; don’t bury it and let it rot.
Ephesians 3:7-10 (MSG)
This is my life work: helping people understand and respond to this Message. It came as a sheer gift to me, a real surprise, God handling all the details. When it came to presenting the Message to people who had no background in God’s way, I was the least qualified of any of the available Christians. God saw to it that I was equipped, but you can be sure that it had nothing to do with my natural abilities.
And so here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over my head, the inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ. My task is to bring out in the open and make plain what God, who created all this in the first place, has been doing in secret and behind the scenes all along. Through followers of Jesus like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels!
God put me through about 12 years of bullying and alienation, so that now, after a lot of healing (much of which is still going on), I can reach out to the loner, or the outcast, and understand the dysfunction. I believe it is my moral obligation to reach out to the victims of bullying and alienation because I know how it feels, and it is my mission in life that no one else should feel that way. I know that those feelings lead to hopelessness and suicide. If taking a few minutes to love someone, who is never shown love, will change his mind and the course of his life, why would I not give all I have to him?
2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT)
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
Jesus gave us a mission called “The Great Commission”; He gave us the light, not to hide it or keep it for ourselves, but to set the world ablaze. We need to stop being so complacent and comfortable and do something. We are here for an appointed time for an appointed reason… let’s live like it! Think of what would happen if the person or people who shared the Gospel with you had been complacent and decided it was better that they keep it to themselves.
Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT)
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
To bring people into the Kingdom, you have to reach out to them. Rise up out of your shell and embrace those who need it. Don’t grow comfortable in your “Christian club”; this world is full of lost people that need your help. I’m not advising new Christians to do this; there has to be a time for growth before going out and teaching. Christ did the same with the apostles; He built them up, then sent them out. This is a model for modern discipleship as well.
God uses your experiences in life to bring others to Himself. If He didn’t, how could we relate to each other? God gives you the most vital tool for outreach and that is your testimony: your life as it was, what happened when you met Christ, and your life now. Lost people are usually more receptive to listening to how Christ changed you than having a “fire and brimstone” message preached at them. So, engage with pre-saved people with love and grace.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
I would like to challenge you to not walk by the hopeless with hope in your heart.